How to Ask about the Culture of the Workplace (Nursing)

by Amber Vanderburg

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    00:01 You have answered all of the interviewers questions.

    00:04 Now, they ask you, What questions do you have for me? This brings me to an important part of your interview process.

    00:15 Be prepared to ask interview questions.

    00:19 First, you should ask questions about the culture of your unit.

    00:24 Ask the interviewer questions about the culture of the unit, the management style, the team tenure or current challenges that the unit or organization is facing.

    00:36 These types of questions are very important to better understand the culture of the unit you may join.

    00:44 Ask questions about culture.

    00:47 Also, ask questions about continuous growth.

    00:51 The world of healthcare is quickly evolving an ever changing.

    00:56 Ask about career path options, continuing education opportunities, and mentorship.

    01:03 Also, specifically ask questions about the training in the position for which you are applying.

    01:10 What does the onboarding process look like? Will you have a preceptor? And if so, what is the process of matching preceptors and orienteers? What is the process of coming off orientation? What competencies and skills will you be evaluated on in your orientation? What are some of the challenges observed with their new nurses? And what could proactively be done to mitigate these challenges? This could also be a good opportunity for you to get an idea of the type of qualities and training that is valued by asking questions such as, What qualities do your top practitioners practice? Ask questions about continuous development.

    02:02 Lastly, ask some logistical questions.

    02:06 Now, understand that much of this will be covered in the offer negotiation and onboarding process.

    02:15 Still, consider it the pertinent information that you might not possess as bed count, the amount of travelers uniform code, patient ratio and patient demographic.

    02:29 You could ask questions about scheduling methods, documentation methods, and time off policies.

    02:35 Relatedly, you might have specific questions about benefits and compensation structures.

    02:41 Be prepared with any logistical questions.

    02:45 If you are a travel nurse, then you could consider additional questions such as, Has this unit previously hired travel nurses? Will I be expected to float to other units or locations? What are the opportunities for overtime? How common is it for you to call travelers off? And what are your expectations for me as a traveler? Interviews are designed to be a two way conversation and a two dimensional decision.

    03:17 The healthcare system is deciding if you will be a good fit for the organization.

    03:22 At the same time, you are deciding if it is a right fit for you and your life.

    03:28 So here's what I want you to do.

    03:31 I want you to consider at least one culture question, one education question, and one logistical question in your preparation for your interview.

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    The lecture How to Ask about the Culture of the Workplace (Nursing) by Amber Vanderburg is from the course Transition to Nursing Practice.

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. “Can you tell me about any challenges the unit is experiencing and how they are being addressed?”
    2. “What is the onboarding process like for new employees? How much training is provided?”
    3. “Can you tell me about the opportunities for career advancement offered to employees?”
    4. “What schedules are available for this position, and how receptive is management to flexible scheduling?”
    1. “What opportunities for continuing education and training are available to staff?”
    2. “What is the starting salary of this position?”
    3. “Can you tell me about the management style used on this unit?”
    4. “Does this organization have any plans for expanding or downsizing?”

    Author of lecture How to Ask about the Culture of the Workplace (Nursing)

     Amber Vanderburg

    Amber Vanderburg

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